Children Can Help, Too

“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 113:99He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 113:9)
One day, not long after we were married, a godly gentleman came to visit us. He asked us both if we’d ever sought the Lord’s mind about what He would have us do with our lives. We answered, “no,” but his remarks encouraged us to begin a search.
My hunt ended in two parts. I didn’t think either was very challenging. Everyone does that, I thought.
The first part I found in Titus 2:55To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:5): “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home [diligent in home work (JND)], good, obedient to their own husbands.” The second part was in Psalm 113:99He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 113:9): “To be a joyful mother of children.”
As life progressed and we had several children, I began to wonder if these two parts could ever be reconciled. The children to whom I had become mother seemed bent on keeping me from becoming a diligent keeper of the home. While I was cleaning up one area, they were making a mess of another. How could I be a joyful mother and a diligent home keeper? But the complete verse in Psalm 113 says, “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.” I realized I needed to teach my children to help clean up after themselves. The result will be praise to the Lord!